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The Best TV Spinoffs  

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List Rules Must be a spin off of a major television show.

What are the very best TV spin-offs in history? This list definitely includes many. Some of the best TV spin-off shows were, well, spun off of wildly successful sitcoms and dramas, allowing faithful viewers of the original shows the chance to learn more about some of the original characters. Spin-off shows don't always work (Joanie Loves Chachi, anyone?) but this list proves that lightning can strike once, or more rarely, twice! With news that FOX's Glee may get a spin-off (risky, but understandable given the show's success), we thought we'd take a closer look at some of the more memorable TV spin-offs over the years. Don't see your favorite on the list? Definitely add it!

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1993

Spin-off of Cheers

Frasier is an American sitcom that was broadcast on NBC for eleven seasons, premiering on September 16, 1993, and concluding on May 13, 2004. The program was created and produced by David ...more

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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
1974

Spin-off of Love, American Style

Happy Days is an American television sitcom that aired first-run from January 15, 1974, to September 24, 1984, on ABC. Created by Garry Marshall, the series presents an idealized vision of life ...more

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Star Trek: The Next Gene... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
1987

Spin-off of Star Trek: The Original Series

Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry twenty-one years after the original Star Trek series debuted in 1966. Roddenberry, ...more

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1975

Spin-off of All in the Family

The Jeffersons is an American sitcom that was broadcast on CBS from January 18, 1975, through July 2, 1985, lasting 11 seasons and a total of 253 episodes. The show was produced by the T.A.T. ...more

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1960

Spin-off of The Danny Thomas Show

The Andy Griffith Show is an American sitcom, which originally ran on CBS from October 3, 1960 to April 1, 1968. The show, a semi-spin-off from an episode of The Danny Thomas Show, starred Andy ...more

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1999

Spin-off of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer

Angel is an American television series, a spin-off from the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The series was created by Buffy's creator, Joss Whedon, in collaboration with David ...more

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Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
1978

Spin-off of Happy Days

Mork & Mindy is an American sitcom broadcast from 1978 to 1982 on ABC. It stars Robin Williams as Mork, an extraterrestrial who comes to Earth from the planet Ork in a small, one-man ...more

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1999

Spin-off of Law & Order

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City, where it is also primarily produced. In the style of the ...more

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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
ShelleyTemplar added 2003

Spin-off of JAG

NCIS is an American police procedural drama television series, revolving around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which conducts investigations ...more

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Star Trek: Deep Space Ni... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
ryanmcw added 1993

Spin-off of Star Trek: The Original Series

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is a science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe. The show is set in the Milky Way galaxy, in the years 2369–2375. In contrast to the setting of ...more

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Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
MatthewCoy added 1995

Spin-off of Animaniacs

Pinky and the Brain is an American animated television series. It was the first animated television series to be presented in Dolby Surround and the fourth collaboration of Steven Spielberg with ...more

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1976

Spin-off of Happy Days

Laverne & Shirley is an American television sitcom that ran on ABC from January 27, 1976 to May 10, 1983. It starred Penny Marshall as Laverne De Fazio and Cindy Williams as Shirley Feeney, ...more

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Xena: Warrior Princess ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
1995

Spin-off of  Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Xena: Warrior Princess is an American/New Zealand television series filmed in New Zealand. The series aired in syndication from September 4, 1995, until June 18, 2001. The series was created in ...more

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Green Acres is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
1965

Spin-off of Petticoat Junction

Green Acres is an American sitcom starring Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor as a couple who move from New York City to a rural country farm. Produced by Filmways as a sister show to Petticoat ...more

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The Colbert Report is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
2005

Spin-off of The Daily Show

The Colbert Report is an American late-night talk and news satire television program hosted by Stephen Colbert that aired on Comedy Central from October 17, 2005 to December 18, 2014 for 1,447 ...more

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1989

Spin-off of Perfect Strangers

Family Matters is an American sitcom which originated on ABC network from September 22, 1989 to May 9, 1997 and then aired on CBS network from September 19, 1997, to July 17, 1998. A spin-off of ...more

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2006

Spin-off of Doctor Who

Torchwood is a British science fiction television programme created by Russell T Davies. A spin-off from the 2005 revival of long-running science fiction programme Doctor Who, Torchwood aired ...more

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The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
1979

Spin-off of Diff'rent Strokes

The Facts of Life is an American sitcom that originally ran on the NBC television network from August 24, 1979, to May 7, 1988, making it one of the longest running sitcoms of the 1980s. A ...more

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The Bionic Woman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
1976

Spin-off of The Six Million Dollar Man

The Bionic Woman is an American television series starring Lindsay Wagner that aired for three seasons between 1976 and 1978 as a spin-off from The Six Million Dollar Man. Wagner stars as tennis ...more

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Good Times is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
1974

Spin-off of Maude

Good Times is an American sitcom that originally aired from February 8, 1974, until August 1, 1979, on CBS. It was created by Eric Monte and Mike Evans, and developed by Norman Lear, the series' ...more

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1972

Spin-off of All in the Family

Maude is an American television sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS network from September 12, 1972 until April 23, 1978. Maude stars Bea Arthur as Maude Findlay, an outspoken, ...more

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Boston Legal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
2004

Spin-off of The Practice

Boston Legal is an American legal dramedy created by David E. Kelley and produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ABC. The series aired from October 3, 2004, to December 8, ...more

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Law & Order: Crimina... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
MatthewCoy added 2001

Spin-off of Law & Order

This show is an American police procedural television drama series set in New York City, where it was also primarily produced. Created and produced by Dick Wolf and René Balcer, the ...more

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Mama's Family is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
1983

Spin-off of The Carol Burnett Show 

Mama's Family is an American television sitcom starring Vicki Lawrence as Thelma Harper. The series is a spin-off of a recurring series of comedy sketches on The Carol Burnett Show and Carol ...more

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Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Spinoffs
1964

Spin-off of The Andy Griffith Show

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. is an American situation comedy that originally aired on CBS from September 25, 1964, to May 2, 1969. The series was a spin-off of The Andy Griffith Show, and the pilot ...more

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